Office of Law - Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Where can I find Howard County laws?

Howard County Code

The Howard County Code and Charter are published by Municipal Code Corporation.  In addition, each branch of the Howard County Library has a copy of the Howard County Code.

County Legislation

Legislation being considered by the Howard County Council is available through the County website:  Current Legislation

Q. Where can I find information on cases in the Circuit Court or District Court of Maryland for Howard County?

Circuit Court

Howard County Circuit Court
8360 Court Avenue
Ellicott City, Maryland 21043 
Maryland Judiciary Case Search

The following Circuit Court functions are located at the Dorsey Building, 9250 Bendix Road, Columbia, Maryland (410-313-5850):
     • Marriage licenses
     • Business licenses
     • Land Records
     • Military discharges
     • Notary Public services

District Court

The District Court has jurisdiction over traffic, some criminal cases and small claims.  The District Court Commissioner will facilitate the posting of bonds and signing of release papers.

Howard County District Court
3451 Court House Drive
Ellicott City, MD 21043
Maryland Judiciary Case Search

District Court Commissioner
3451 Court House Drive
Ellicott City, MD 21043

Southern District Commissioner
11226 Scaggsville Road
Laurel, MD 20723

Q.  Who do I contact at the Howard County Board of Education to file a Claim?

The Howard County Board of Education is a separate entity from Howard County, Maryland.  Contact the Board directly at 410-313-6600 or 410-313-1270

        Board of Education website  

Q. Where can I complain about faulty consumer products or services?

Howard County Office of Consumer Affairs

6751 Columbia Gateway Drive
Columbia, MD 21046

Consumer Protection Division of the Attorney General's Office

200 St. Paul Place
Baltimore, MD 21202

Q. Where can I file complaints or ask questions about a home improvement contractor?

Maryland Home Improvement Commission

500 North Calvert Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202-3651